J.K. Rowling’s New Website Wants to Bring Some Magic to Your Quarantine

Accio entertainment!
ByNehal Aggarwal
Associate Editor
Published
Apr 2020
harry potter book covers
Photo: Courtesy Scholastic

With social-distancing protocols now extended through April, many people are looking for a little bit of magic in their everyday lives—and J.K. Rowling is delivering with the [launch](https://www.wizardingworld.com/news/introducing-hp-at-home_ of a new online hub, “Harry Potter At Home.”

The site includes magical teats like themed quizzes to help you figure out your Hogwarts house, puzzles and even a video tutorial that will teach you how to draw a niffler. Plus, since the site is a collaboration with Audible, Bloomsbury, OverDrive, Pottermore Publishing and Scholastic, it also offers educational resources and free access to the audio version of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

Rowling, who announced the site on Twitter on April 1, wants it to be a source of entertainment for both parents and kids alike. “For over twenty years now, Hogwarts has been an escape for all—for readers and fans, young and old. During the strange times we now find ourselves in, we want to welcome you back to Hogwarts, where you will find a friendly retreat for you, your family, and those you are caring for,” she writes in an announcement for the website. “But the hub is also a place for those of you who have loved Harry Potter for decades: a place for you to feel the warmth of the fire in the Gryffindor common room or a much-needed hug from Mrs. Weasley.”

The news of the hub’s launch comes just a few weeks after J.K. Rowling announced she would be relaxing copyrights of the series, allowing teachers to teach the books to their students from home.

While these are certainly dark times, J.K. Rowling is doing her part to help fans get through it. Dumbledore certainly put it best when he memorably said, “Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

COVID-19 Might Be Less Severe in Kids Than in Adults, AAP Reports

Nehal Aggarwal
Associate Editor
Published
03/17/2020

Sesame Workshop Launches New Initiative to Help Caregivers and Kids

Nehal Aggarwal
Associate Editor
Published
03/24/2020

Parents’ Top COVID-19 Questions, Answered

Dina DiMaggio, MD, and Anthony F. Porto, MD, MPH

Hilaria Baldwin on the Mom Hacks Keeping Her Sane in Lockdown

Nehal Aggarwal
Associate Editor
Published
04/09/2020

Can Breast Milk Protect Against COVID-19? a Researcher Hopes to Find Out

Nehal Aggarwal
Associate Editor
Published
04/10/2020

End Your Day With a Virtual Fireworks Show Put on by Walt Disney World

Nehal Aggarwal
Associate Editor
Published
04/27/2020